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    Closing off pool

    Since its getting cold, I was wondering if I wanted to put the cover on my pool and reopen it in 5 months or so, would I have to drain the whole pool to clean it or just add lots of chlorine and backwashing?
    Lafayette LA, 30-35k gal, Sand Filter Tahitian HR25, IG, Gunite

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    Re: Closing off pool

    Where are you located?

    Most people don't drain the pool and start with fresh - but your location will possibly dictate the advise we give.
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    Re: Closing off pool

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    Lafayette LA, 30-35k gal, Sand Filter Tahitian HR25, IG, Gunite

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    Re: Closing off pool

    You certainly could leave it - and you will likely end up with a green swamp. I suspect most in your locale leave it open year round, just reducing the pump run time if the temps cool the water... still testing periodically to make sure it's balanced and properly sanitized.

    If that's not what you want to do - if you would prefer to cover it and leave it....

    draining and refilling is not necessary - and in some areas depending on the water table and drought restrictions - not a good idea. So if you do end up with a green swamp - you can simply follow the directions in the Defeating Algae article especially read "How to Turn your Green Swamp into a Sparkling Oasis"....

    So depending on your viewpoint - clearing a green swamp maybe "more work" than just draining and refilling, but often it's the only option.

    Hope this helps.
    Helpful links: Pool School; CYA/Chlorine Chart
    24' round AG pool, 52" high, Raypak heater; Waterway 2 spd Pump;
    150 Sq ft. Clearwater Cartridge Filter; Former and DISSATISFIED "Pool Frog" owner
    http://www.PerfectlyClearPoolService.com

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